In line with government guidance on recreational aviation, the BGGC resumed limited operations from Sat 16th May. We are observing rules on social distancing in line with CAA and BGA guidance. The club is open to members only, we regret that at this time we must ask visitors, including visitors from other gliding clubs, to stay away.
Flying is available for club members, including instructional flights, provided risk assessment procedures are followed. We regret trial flights are not feasible at this time. Please note that the club office will only be open limited hours for the moment.
At this time the Old Flying Club Cafe remains closed.
Trial Flights and Gift Vouchers
Note that Trial Flights are currently suspended due to Coronavirus. Vouchers are still available and will be valid for 15 months.
An introduction to the world of gliding, see how a glider flies or simply enjoy the stunning views. Vouchers are available that make a great Xmas or Birthday gift or just a treat for yourself. Our Trial Glider Flight vouchers are valid for 12 months and we offer a range of options from a simple 2000ft aero-tow through to a memorable "mile high" experience.
Note that courses are currently suspended due to Coronavirus. We hope to resume our course schedule once restrictions are lifted.
Whether you just want to try something different for your holiday, are already learning but would like a period of intensive training mid-week or want to polish your soaring skills under the eye of master the BGGC offer a range of courses for all abilities. We offer Inclusive Gliding courses, Dedicated training weeks and a limited number of Master Class coaching weeks .
Join Our Cadet Scheme
Note that training is currently limited due to Coronavirus. We hope to resume full operations when restrictions are lifted.
You can fly a glider "solo" from the age of 14 and get a full glider pilot licence from 16. The BGGC runs an active cadet scheme, aimed at ages 14-16, and is a BGA recognised Junior Gliding centre. Cadets can learn to glide, and are expected to participate in all the activities of operating the airfield. A limited number of sponsored places are also available each year where all your costs from starting to solo will be met.
This is Gliding....
Challenging, peaceful or highly competitive, gliding is a sport that offers a whole range of opportunities. You can drift silently along enjoying the sky and the country below, sharing a thermal with a circling buzzard. You can climb to heights where you breathe oxygen and your fingers stiffen from the cold, or you can spend your day improving your skills or helping others.
Free Instruction for Members
In general most people who can learn to drive can learn to fly a glider! Our instructors provide free training, so you just pay for your membership and the flights and you can start to learn at any age from 13 to 70+. We are a Junior Gliding Centre (you can go solo from age 14), offer Advanced and Improver training, and have an active cross-country and social scene.
..... and much more
Come and visit our beautiful airfield on the Cotswold Edge, just off the Cotswold Way. Our site, at Nympsfield, is designated by Sport England as a gliding National Significant Area for Sport.